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Melissa General (Toronto): ‘CAUSE I WORK SO HARD TO MAKE IT EVERYDAY

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A large-scale multimedia work, "‘Cause I work so hard to make it everyday" is inspired by a cassette recording of the artist and her cousins as children. Focusing on her sister’s childhood rendition of the Pointer Sisters 1980s hit Neutron Dance (1983), General mixes this with location sound from Six Nations to create a textured layering of soundscapes. These tapes are audio documents of her childhood spent at her Uncle Dave’s house playing with her cousins. At that time their worlds were safe and encompassed the reserve surrounded by family and community. An understanding of movement between belonging and not belonging is a major pursuit symbolized in General’s work, as her sense of home is porous to the social factors of moving between Toronto and the reserve.

 

Melissa General 2.pngAbout the artist:

Melissa General is from the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. She studied photography at the Ontario College of Art and Design and completed her MFA at York University. Concepts involving memory, identity construction, relationship to land, and her Indigenous heritage are a focus in her practice.